Synogogue welcomes new rabbi

Rabbi Jonathan Scott Hanish joined Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills on July 1. The temple’s rabbinic search committee evaluated more than 35 resumes and interviewed a dozen candidates before selecting Hansih. Hanish will join Cantor Tifani Coyot on the bimah (elevated platform at the front of the sanctuary) to lead services at the temple. He will also work closely […]


Fall classes at the rec center

Fall enrichment classes are starting the first week of September at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Programs are available in tot sports classes, dance, theater, karate, golf and fitness. Following are new classes for fall. Mini-Musical Theater “The Monster Mash” is for ages 7 to 14 from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. […]

Calling all men who quilt

The 13th annual Heritage Valley Festival of Quilts is seeking entries for an exhibit titled “Men Quilting: Quilts Made by Men.” The exhibit will be on display from Oct. 16 through Feb. 5, 2012 at the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula. The entry deadline is Aug. 30. For details and entry forms, email guest curator Linda Wilkinson at frog4mom@aol.com.

Book appeals to teen sci-fi fans

Alien microbes, space travel thicken plot

“Odyssey Rising” is a new novel by author Michael T. Best that will appeal to middle grade and young adult readers who share a love for the world of science fiction. Best lived in Thousand Oaks for three years before moving to Oak Park in May. The author’s debut work explores an unexpected first encounter with alien life set during […]

Psychologist talks about carnism

Social psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy will discuss her book, “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism,” at a community forum at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 26 at Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. Joy, a Harvard-educated professor of psychology and sociology, teaches at the University of Massachusetts. Joy describes […]

Immunizations are not mandatory

As a registered nurse and health educator, I want to clarify something regarding the letter about mandatory immunizations for schools: School immunizations are not mandatory in California. Parents have a right to choose. Do not let the schools bully parents into doing something the parent believes is not necessary. Parents only have to sign a form declining the immunizations. The […]

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French film fest at CLU

Movies are subtitled in English

California Lutheran University will host its fifth annual French film festival, a series of free screenings, from Sept. 7 through 30. All films are subtitled in English and are free. The Tournées Festival: French Films on the CLU Campus will feature five movies, each starting at 7:15 p.m. in the Preus-Brandt Forum, south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and […]

Programs for dads & their kids

The YMCAs in the Conejo Valley invite fathers and their children to free events in September to learn about Y Indian Guides and Princesses. The Triunfo YMCA will host a free barbecue for dads and their children from prekindergarten through sixth grade from 4 to 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 10 at Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills. The […]